Right now in New York, two major events are happening. North America’s most-attended auto show is set to kick off at the Javits Center in New York City, with automakers unveiling some of the sleekest, smartest and greenest electrified vehicles ever produced. Meanwhile, a few hours up the Hudson River, the New York State legislature is preparing a budget to unveil.
These two things have more in common than you might think.
In 2013, Governor Cuomo committed New York to putting hundreds of thousands of clean cars on the road in just a few short years by signing the Memorandum of Understanding for State Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Programs. This year’s budget provides the right platform to fill that commitment.
NYS can confidently put its money where its mouth is using data-driven approaches.
- Create consumer incentives for ZEVs.
As the Buffalo News recently noted, New York is the largest vehicle market in the Northeast, but it doesn’t offer consumers tax or rebate incentives. These are already available in smaller neighboring states.
- Invest in infrastructure for ZEVs.
Access to “refueling” stations -- for both electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles -- is critical. California is leaving other states behind in creating a network that makes the choice to buy a ZEV easier for consumers.
The industry has made its commitment to building demand for green vehicles clear. At the auto show, you’ll see the new Toyota “Prius Prime” and the Hyundai “Ioniq” lineup, the world’s first vehicle model to offer three distinct electrified powertrains, among the many ZEVs on display designed to offer consumers a variety of green options.
But to truly create a sustainable marketplace for clean vehicles, it’s going to take investment from all stakeholders.
It’s time for Governor Cuomo and New York to step up and lead.